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  • Tech Tip: Using the Paste Special Feature in Microsoft products for Attorneys
  • Tech Tip: Mobile Computing Power Options for Attorneys
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ISBA Advisory Opinions on Professional Conduct

  • Using Third-Party and Cloud Technology 16-06, 10-01
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  • Avoid Malpractice: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Legal Technology
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Technology

  • Lawyers in small firms and solo practice must understand technology that impacts the practice of law
    Jonathan Nessler
    The Bottom Line, September 2017

    The Illinois Supreme Court recently updated the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility to make it clear that, in order to provide competent representation, attorneys must keep up-to-date with relevant technology and relevant advancements in technology.

  • Busted: The myth of the digital native
    Samantha Swartz
    Bench & Bar, August 2017

    Judge Walker's second summer extern, Samantha Swartz, says while it's assumed that millennials are naturally gifted when it comes to technology, it's better to say that they're ready and willing to adapt to tech challenges.

  • The Training Conundrum
    Jennifer Ramovs
    Illinois Bar Journal, July 2017

    Learn why technology training is the last thing you should be cutting from your budget.

  • IPad Pro – expensive but worth it if it meets your needs! Two versions to choose from
    John T. Phipps
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, July 2017

    A look at the pros and cons of the iPad Pro 12.9.

  • Legal technology resources for your practice
    Kimberley Crum Klein
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, July 2017

    A list of apps for both iPhone and iPad that can help you with productivity in your legal practice.

  • Illinois Bar Journal, June 2017

    A recent appellate court opinion helps lower courts determine when an e-discovery request is too broad or intrusive.

  • Improve Your Document Drafting With Templates
    Barron K. Henley
    Illinois Bar Journal, June 2017

    Learn to use templates to make document drafting more efficient and less prone to errors.

  • Busting the Myth - Cloud Doesn’t (and Shouldn’t) Mean Cheap
    Jennifer Ramovs
    Illinois Bar Journal, March 2017

    Switching to the cloud can be the right move for many reasons, but it won't necessarily save time or money.

  • Keeping Your Cell Phone Secure
    Jennifer Ramovs
    Illinois Bar Journal, December 2016

    The reasonable care standard doesn't stop with your phone.

  • Kimberley Crum Klein
    The Catalyst, December 2016

    A list of apps for both iPhone and iPad that can help you with productivity in your legal practice.

  • Guidance for attorneys in dealing with cybersecurity risks
    Lisa Jungman
    Karen Tobin
    Business and Securities Law Forum, June 2016

    The advances in technology create numerous circumstances in which lawyers, through their own blunders, unwittingly reveal client confidences or violate attorney-client privilege.

  • Using the cloud to streamline your practice and reduce IT costs
    Tracy A. Brammeier
    YLDNews, April 2016

    what if you spill coffee all over your computer, or a flood destroys the power cables, frying your hardware, and you haven’t backed up to your external hard drive in over a week? What if you need quick access to your files from another state, or need to contact your office while out of the country without racking up international charges?

  • Timothy A. Slating
    Illinois Bar Journal, January 2016

    The ISBA is launching a document assembly system.

  • Litigation technology to think about for 2016
    Carrie TItus
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, December 2015

    Some trends that you need to be aware of going into 2016 include technology available to you in court, ways that you can save your clients money by reducing time spent on tasks, and development with research and review platforms.

  • A look into the mind of Einstein
    John Rammel
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, December 2015

    An overview of the Einstein Program, launched by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004 to secure the federal government’s civilian agencies’ computer infrastructure.

  • Using Microsoft Excel in your law practice: A primer for users without green visors
    Angie K. Robertson
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, November 2015

    A look at some useful tips for law firm Excel (2003 and later versions) users of all levels, and highlight some of the newest features of Excel 2016 for the early adopters.

  • How to put your most professional-self forward on voice-mail
    Ann Marie Sabath
    YLDNews, June 2015

    The author shares her voicemail etiquette tips.

  • E-mail courtesy DOs and taboos
    Ann Marie Sabath
    YLDNews, April 2015

    Some suggestions and a top ten list of common e-mail mistakes.

  • A review of ways to use technology to improve client service for your practice
    Steven M. Wallace
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, March 2015

    A few examples that show how technology can revolutionize a law practice.

  • Start-up tech for any budget
    Bryan M. Sims
    Nerino J. Petro Jr.
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, July 2014

    Some thoughts on how to equip a law office for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000.

  • Virtual assistance
    Dan Breen
    The Bottom Line, April 2014

    The author has compiled a handy list of a few options to consider when looking for out-of-office help.

  • Paula H. Holderman
    Illinois Bar Journal, March 2014

    Lawyers must get comfortable with practice-related technology or risk losing business and running afoul of ethics rules.

  • Privacy concerns related to mobile technology
    Ethel Spyratos
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, March 2014

    Mobile technologies such as geo-fencing may provide enormous value to both businesses and consumers. However, the risks associated with the inappropriate dissemination of consumer information collected as a result of these technologies, can cause consumers to have concerns about their privacy.

  • Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive Lawyers
    Ed Finkel
    Illinois Bar Journal, January 2014

    Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."

  • Behind the Technology Curve? The ISBA Can Help
    John G. Locallo
    Illinois Bar Journal, March 2012

    Are you using the practice management tech tools you need? If not, the ISBA is there for you.

  • LPES—Protecting your laptop from prying eyes
    Alan Pearlman
    The Bottom Line, June 2010

    Four simple steps to help you protect the confidential information contained on your laptop, should it become lost or stolen.

  • Tame unruly e-mail with rules
    Peter Mierzwa
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, April 2005

    An overview of some solutions that users of Microsoft Outlook have available to them. Learn to filter junk e-mail and set up Rules to control how you want to deal with the onslaught of e-mail you receive each day.

  • Seven Steps to Better Computer Security
    Todd Flaming
    Illinois Bar Journal, February 2004

    Want to make your office less vulnerable to computer viruses, hackers, and the like? Here's a seven-step program.

  • Wireless networking: Part I
    Nerino J. Petro
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, January 2004

    We're finally reaching a point where myth and technology are actually catching up with one another.

Virtual Office

  • Some thoughts on embracing technology from a virtual practitioner
    Michael Brennan
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, May 2017

    Embracing technology means being proactive and continually striving to make the practice of law more manageable and more responsive to client desires.

  • Marie K. Sarantakis
    YLDNews, August 2016

    Have you checked out ISBA Mutual's FREE office space for Illinois lawyers yet?

  • New ‘office away from the office’ especially for the small, non-downtown firms
    Anna P. Krolikowska
    General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, July 2016

    Have you checked out the ISBA Mutual’s lawyers’ space at 20 S. Clark St., on the eighth floor? There you can find a quiet café where you can help yourself to a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy a great view, and take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Also available are micro-offices where you can make private calls.

  • Virtual law offices—A primer
    Michael Brennan
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, May 2016

    Operating a pure VLO is not for every practitioner, but incorporating some virtual characteristics into an existing brick and mortar firm can create new opportunities for client interaction and increased growth.

  • Using the cloud to streamline your practice and reduce IT costs
    Tracy A. Brammeier
    YLDNews, April 2016

    what if you spill coffee all over your computer, or a flood destroys the power cables, frying your hardware, and you haven’t backed up to your external hard drive in over a week? What if you need quick access to your files from another state, or need to contact your office while out of the country without racking up international charges?

  • Illinois Bar Journal, October 2015

    Michael Brennan lives in Grayslake but practices full time in the cloud.

  • Virtual assistance
    Dan Breen
    The Bottom Line, April 2014

    The author has compiled a handy list of a few options to consider when looking for out-of-office help.

  • Solo tech can beat the big firms
    Peter LaSorsa
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, February 2013

    In the past, only 1,000-lawyer firms could practice across the country where a physical presence was required. Today, technology has given solo attorneys the ability to easily practice anywhere they can take their laptop and have access to a high-speed Internet connection. If you have the legal ability, the gumption, and the desire, you can expand your practice past the local town or city where you currently reside.

  • On the road again: My (virtual) road to a (real) better life—Part 2
    Timothy J. Storm
    General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, July 2012

    The second in this two-part series that looks at the costs and benefits of converting to a virtual law practice.

  • Taking Your Practice to the Cloud
    Maria Kantzavelos
    Illinois Bar Journal, April 2012

    Wouldn't it be great to access case files from your laptop or store essential documents where no disaster can reach them? You can, and here's how.

  • My (virtual) road to a (real) better life
    Timothy J. Storm
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, March 2012

    The author shares his reasons for transforming his practice, his concerns as he plans for the conversion, and his initial thoughts about how to proceed. 

  • Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality?
    Peter R. Olson
    Illinois Bar Journal, October 2011

    Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.

  • Status report on my paperless office
    Alan R. Press
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, September 2010

    A paperless office may not be for everyone, but author Alan Press discusses how it has made his practice more efficient and more profitable.

  • Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration
    Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, August 2010

    The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.

  • Just Can’t Wait to Get on the Road Again
    Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, December 2009

    With the right technology, you can be as productive when you're traveling as you are in the office.

  • The virtual practice: The what and why
    R. Andrew Smith
    The Bottom Line, October 2009

    The virtual office concept has been around for some time; however, it has not typically been used in the context of practicing law.  

  • Peter R. Olson
    The Bottom Line, May 2008

    What’s the worst decision the author has made related to his law firm since its founding? Paying rent for a Chicago Loop office he didn’t need and hardly ever used.

  • Now you don’t see it—Now you do
    Peter Mierzwa
    Family Law, October 2006

    This title describes the conundrum in which we attorneys find ourselves as we move further toward an electronic practice.